Summer School in Classical Chinese and Japanese/Kanbun (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice & Princeton University)

Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
1-26 Jul 2024

Deadline: 15th Apr 2024

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Learn Classical Chinese or Japanese/Kanbun in an international environment. Get academic credits during a summer abroad.

The Ca’ Foscari – Princeton Summer School in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese/Kanbun is globally unique in its kind. Its two tracks of comprehensive, grammar-focused instruction are designed to offer undergraduate and graduate students in any discipline of premodern China or Japan a solid linguistic foundation for the reading of classical texts.

Both tracks are taught by the principal instructors of the classical language programs at Ca’ Foscari and Princeton. In addition to language classes, students will follow a lecture series on topics in premodern Chinese and Japanese culture (history, literature, thought). Both tracks welcome students who are beginners in Classical Chinese or Japanese, as well as those who already have some background foundation.

Credits: 12 ECTS or equivalent of one full-year university course at Ca’ Foscari (60 classroom hours plus 16 hours of additional lectures)

Tuition: € 1.000 (access to University facilities and services, course materials and issue of final transcript)

Housing (optional): € 560 for doubleoccupancy or € 630 for single-occupancy housing for the entire duration of the course

Programme directors:

Professors Tiziana Lippiello (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy)

Martin Kern (Princeton University, USA)

Course Instructors

Prof. Attilio Andreini

Prof. Keiko Ono

Study options:

Track A – Classical Chinese

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Chinese grammar through the reading and analysis of passages of premodern Chinese historical and literary texts. Prerequisites: one year of modern Chinese language.

Track B – Classical Japanese/Kanbun

The course provides the fundamentals of classical Japanese and kanbun grammar along with readings in the major genres of premodern Japanese historical and literary texts. Prerequisites: one year of modern Japanese language.

Apply online (deadline: April 15, 2024)

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